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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (July 31, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553580388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553580389
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #655,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

The Patient, Michael Palmer's ninth medical suspense novel, is a fast-paced beat-the-clock thriller. Someone is killing off the world's most gifted neurosurgeons, and Alex Bishop, a renegade CIA agent, thinks he knows who it is. Bishop is out to settle his score with Claude Malloche, an international assassin responsible for the death of Bishop's brother. When he learns that Malloche is afflicted with an inoperable brain tumor, Bishop understands why the murdered neurosurgeons died, and where Malloche will strike next. Meanwhile, Jessie Copeland, an MIT-trained mechanical engineer and neurosurgeon, is working to perfect a robotic device that will revolutionize brain surgery.

One of the patients awaiting surgery at Boston's Eastern Massachusetts Medical Center is Malloche--but which one? No one has ever been able to identify the assassin, and Jessie is hardly well known enough to attract his notice. But ARTIE, the robotic device, is--and Malloche will stop at nothing to ensure that it's used to save his own life. He threatens to release a deadly nerve toxin on thousands of innocent people, and Jessie is forced to save him at the cost of her own safety.

Notable for his swift pacing, well-drawn minor as well as major characters, and medical expertise, Palmer delivers the goods with this heart-stopping read. -- Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Palmer's ninth medical thriller (after Miracle Cure) probably isn't the book to be reading when you've got a slight headache. Early on, a star Olympic gymnast feels a small pain in her skull, and soon she's having a brain tumor zapped by a flashy new surgical robot. The author, who was a full-time practitioner of internal and emergency medicine for 20 years, tells readers so much about the actual work of brain surgery that some might decide to skip over a few of the more agonizing moments, such as the frenzied operation on a young boy with a bullet wound. Yet these bloody and painful details put readers firmly inside the skin of Dr. Jessie Copeland, a neurosurgeon in her 40s with a combined undergraduate degree in biology and mechanical engineering. Now working under egomaniacal chief surgeon Carl Gilbride at a top Boston hospital, Jessie gets to try out ARTIE (Assisted Robotic Tissue Incision and Extraction) on cadavers, while Gilbride coaxes foundations to cough up millions for the revolutionary new procedure. Attracted by the media attention generated by ARTIE's use (too early, Jessie thinks) on the gymnast, shadowy terrorist Claude Malloche, known as "the Mist," who also has a brain tumor, comes to the hospital for treatmentAand winds up holding patients and staff hostage in case the operation fails. It's finally up to Jessie and a rogue CIA agent to keep everyone healthy. This graft between medical and terrorist thriller has some rough edges, but the operation is a success. Agent, Jane Rotrosen Agency.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Michael Palmer, medical thriller author and physician, died unexpectedly on October 30, 2013. Michael wrote 18 novels of medical and political suspense, all international bestsellers. In addition to writing, Palmer served as an associate director of the Massachusetts Medical Society Physician Health Services, devoted to helping physicians troubled by mental illness, physical illness, behavioral issues, and chemical dependency. His 19th novel RESISTANT will be released on May 20, 2014.

Customer Reviews

The characters are interesting and well developed.
"flickjunkie"
I have been waiting for over a year for another Michael Palmer book after reading all of his previous books.
Richard Brackett
This is a page turner which will keep you reading until the very end.
Andreas Attic

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Eastern Massachusetts Medical Center (EMMC) neurosurgeon Jessie Copeland tests the use of assisted robotic tissue incision and extraction on corpses. However, in spite of the media push of her odious boss, Jessie feels ARTIE is not quite ready for prime time use to remove brain tumors in humans. Still, Jessie applies ARTIE on a renowned gymnast.

For years, CIA agent Alex Bishop has tried to capture the elusive soulless mercenary Claude Maloche without any success. However, Alex feels he is closing in on his enemy when he learns Claude suffers from a brain tumor with the trail leading to EMMC and Jessie. To ensure his full recovery and safety, Claude threatens to kill thousands if Jessie errs. She and Alex know this amoral assassin is more than capable of carrying out what he threatens even if he dies on the operating table.

THE PATIENT is a typical Michael Palmer medical-terrorist thriller that leaves readers wondering how so much action and excitement can be packed into one story line. The plot is dynamic as Mr. Palmer blends modern medical technology with the unmerciful word of cold-blooded mercenaries. Jessie is a fine character struggling to keep her Oath and morals above board even as individuals surround her from both sides of the law who would corrupt her for their use. A Mr. Palmer tale should carry a warning label that his books increase adrenaline and the pulse rate to dangerous levels because they are so excitingly good.

Harriet Klausner
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By "flickjunkie" on September 6, 2000
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This electrifying medical thriller is brilliantly written and doesn't let up until the final page. Michael Palmer combines cutting-edge medical technology with international intrigue and throws in a side order of blind ambition to create a fascinating and suspense filled tale.
This is probably the best medical thriller I've ever read. The technology was plausible and the scientific explanations seemed well informed. The characters are interesting and well developed. Dr. Carl Gilbride's insatiable egomania as head of the Eastern Mass Medical Center puts patients at risk by pushing the use of the ARTIE technology before it is ready. His imprudence and haughtiness makes it that much easier to love Dr. Jesse Copeland, his dedicated protégée who is far more accomplished as a brain surgeon than her boss is. International terrorist Claude Malloche and his wife are ruthless and wicked beyond description; heightening the uncertainty as to the mayhem they will wreak to further their desperate ends.
The plot twists, turns and races at breakneck speed against an incessantly ticking clock providing a white-knuckle ride and unbearable suspense. I rate this book a 10/10. It has been a long time since I have been so engrossed in a story. Don't plan to get much sleep until you finish it.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Tricco on April 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I just read, in the New York Times, that doctors can do heart surgery with little tiny robots. My glow about that piece of good news lasted only hours. The next thing I read was The Patient, the newest release by Michael Palmer, about a vicious terrorist, demanding brain surgery which can only be done by, you guessed it, little tiny robots. I was up all night. Jessie Copeland, a woman nuerosurgeon, is a well rounded, likable character and a terrific hero. Claude Malloch and his band are chilling and merciless. Their contest of wills will keep your heart racing from beginning to end. Dr. Palmer knows what's going on in the world. He knows what scares us. And he knows how to deliver a thriller with great characters, great pacing, and a great climax. When's the movie?
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "wishbury" on May 29, 2000
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A feisty neurosurgeon, a rogue CIA agent, a Carlos-like terrorist, brain tumor patients, an unbearable surgeon, and a robot device named ARTIE are the stars of Michael Palmer's latest thriller -- his best in years. We're drawn into the dangerous world of cheap death, the horror of brain surgery (what can go wrong usually does go wrong in this novel), and into a wonderful main character's life, Dr. Jessie Copeland. The surgery scenes crackle. This book kept me up until two A.M. It's that good, folks!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Richard Brackett on April 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have been waiting for over a year for another Michael Palmer book after reading all of his previous books. I wasn't disappointed, but I'm sorry I finished it because I want more. This book is great, with drama, suspense and a little romance. There are several interesting characters and it also introduces nerosurgery of the future. Thanks Michael.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Charles M. Poplos on April 14, 2000
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Slow start - great middle and good ending. A nice page-turner that, when you're done, you wish you could pick up another and keep going. The characters are believable; the plot plausible. This was my first read of a Palmer novel, and I can tell you I will be seeking out his others to catch up on this excellent story teller's works. Buy it now!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jane E. Harkins on April 11, 2000
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I have been a Michael Palmer fan since reading "Critical Judgment" and routinely race to find his new releases. Thankfully, I was not disappointed by "The Patient" and recommend it to fans of the medical-thriller genre.
In "The Patient", Palmer tackles one of the continuing frustrations of modern times: with the advent of technological miracles: why can we still not cure some of the greatest threats to befall humans? In this case, the seemingly-insurmountable danger takes the form of inoperable brain tumors, and the innovation is robatic-assisted surgery. However, Palmer shows us that even with the invention of such a cure, the ultimate threat to mankind may still be humanity itself (or the utter lack thereof, in the person of a professional terrorist and assassin). This novel is well-researched and realistic; you never feel that the scenerio is not plausible (scientifically) nor that such a seige as is launched by the terrorist could not happen (whether with a robotic surgical device, biological agent, etc.) I also applaud Palmer for not singularly relying on an obvious (but unnecessary) romance between lead characters to "juice-up" what is otherwise a compelling story. Overall, Palmer's characters are genuine (some you may genuinely hate, in addition to those who are equally likeable) and you will fear for them, although you know that the evils ailing them will be cured in the end.
I maintain that "Critical Judgment" is still Palmer's best novel to date, but he consistently produces appealing work, which encourages us to ponder the mysteries of medicine and the ills often unseen in their cures.
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